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Chapter 8. Polyphonic strategies used in polemical dialogue

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Abstract

This study aims to describe polyphonic strategies used in polemical dialogue. The forms of polyphony that occur in polemics are presented, i.e. strong and <i>conflicting polyphony</i>, which are both forms of <i>dialogic polyphony</i> (Vlad 2010); these are followed by an analysis of the polyphonic strategies adopted by Nicolas Sarkozy and S&#233;gol&#232;ne Royal in the debate for the French 2007 presidential election. Using strategies such as <i>quotation</i>, <i>echo reply</i> and <i>manipulation</i>, the debaters evoke their opponent&#8217;s arguments as a prelude to knocking them down. The author of the distorted discourse may also denounce such malicious discursive practices, situating polemics at the metacommunicative level.

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